Sesame Street Search For Bilingual Hispanic Character

By: Rafael Romo
By: Rafael Romo

Finding a home on Sesame Street is about as good as it gets.

Well, here's your chance, if you meet the criteria.

The show's producers are looking for a new multi-talented Hispanic character.

CNN's Rafael Romo has details.

Oh, look, honey, the Spanish word for happy: Feliz!

Can you say Feliz ?

Or even better, can you say…Plaza sesamo?

If you do, this may be your opportunity: Sesame Street is looking for a new character.

Rafael: What's so special about this new character? What's different about him or her?

Rocio: This is a new addition to the Hispanic community that we already have on the street.

The children's t-v show has prominently featured Latinos and Latino culture in its four-decade history, with characters like Rosita, Maria and Luis.

Actress Sonia Manzano, who plays Maria; and Emilio Delgado, in the role of Luis, have been with the show since the early seventies.


More recently, stars like actress Sofia Vergara and singer/composer Juanes have appeared on the show.

Earlier this year, the first Hispanic named to the U.S. supreme court, appeared on sesame street.

This is my friend Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Un cafecito? Si, gracias!

Now, the long-running program is looking for a character who will be featured on sesame street's 44th season, which begins taping in the fall.

The role, the producers hope, will be filled by a person 18 to 25 years old, male or female.. Who can sing, dance and is also bilingual.

There's so much diversity and beauty on the Hispanic community talent and we want to explore that even more. And this new character can help us not only for the character itself but explore new stories and not only about Hispanic heritage, but just in general.

As for the characters you grew up, like Rosita, they will remain on the show.

She will still be teaching children how to dance to the rhythm of salsa.

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